New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will not order a lockdown of the city amid a coronavirus spike.
“And I’m telling you I’m not doing it,” he said.
There are at least 2,469 confirmed cases of the virus in New York City – a leap from the 1,339 recorded on Wednesday. Across the state, 4,152 people have tested positive so far, of 9,415 confirmed cases countrywide.
“In many ways, the fear is more dangerous than the virus,” Mr Cuomo said.
The city has ordered 75% of the non-essential workforce to work from home.
“It will change almost everything going forward,” Mr Cuomo said of the virus. “It will. That is a fact.”